You expected to be sad in the fall. Part of you died each year when the leaves fell from the trees and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintry light. But you knew there would always be the spring, as you knew the river would flow again after it was frozen. When the cold rains kept on and killed the spring, it was as though a young person had died for no reason.
Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast
24 March 2015
Young persons are dying all over Turkey for no reason. No reason except for being Turkish and presumably Muslims. No reason except for being students in Turkish schools. No reason except for having brains suitable for shaping into pious Muslims, as defined by the pious educational policies of the now Turkish president, the pious Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It is another one of Erdogan’s merciless raids against secularism, women and children. And the danger to young people is immense.
Two weeks ago, 9 March, in Tokat, one of Erdogan’s pious female teachers of 7th grade boys and girls shaped her students’ piety accordingly. “If you do not wear your headscarves you deserve to be raped,” she said. After the ensuing uproar in Halil Rıfat Paşa Middle School, the teacher was reassigned to another school, presumably to continue enlightening other young teenagers about sex, piety, rape and the magical protection inherent in wearing headscarves. Such is the flagrant violence inherent in Erdogan’s educational policies delivered to students by abusive ignoramuses like this so-called teacher.
The above diabolical message that connects rape, male chauvinism and religious mumbo-jumbo was delivered three weeks after the brutal murder, butchery, attempted rape, dismemberment (her hands were severed) and burning of 20-year-old university student Ozgecan Aslan of Mersin. The rapist’s father and a crony helped the killer destroy the evidence, that is, Ozgecan’s body. Ozgecan was a modern, secular woman who did not wear a headscarf, the political symbol of the Erdogan regime. Her piety was her own business as should be the case in any civilized democracy. Defying tradition, the women of the community, not the men, carried Ozgecan’s casket. It was the only appropriate part of the entire disgusting mess.
Yes, young brains are dying all over Turkey, in this cold, wintry, bloody spring. Their brains, destroyed by education, their futures destroyed by powers beyond control. It’s an old trick. "He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future," said Adolph Hitler. And Recep Tayyip Erdogan, now president of Turkey, craves a religiously pious youth to fulfill his despotic dream of mind-controlled obedience. All should know their place. Yes sir!
My place this morning was in front of a large mug of Turkish coffee and a newspaper, one of the rare truthful, genuine newspapers in a nation infamous for fraudulent journalism and corrupt journalists. I vomited on page three. Perhaps you also read the story, the above picture tells all. It’s a pageant in Hacı Sami Boydak elementary school in Kayseri. Or is it an early training program for terrorists? The knife! The knife! The knife makes me tremble in disgust, in despair. Yet the children smile. Whose death is this anyway? Will one of them love the knife so much to butcher a young girl some day? Who can deny that possibility? These are insanely insensitive circumstances. Teaching children to kill is more than a crime. It is a sin of vast magnitude, the rape of a young mind.
Nevruz (the” New Day”), a celebration of the first day of spring, the vernal equinox, a day of hope and light, a day of sublime heavenly balance between day and night. Is it typical that the Turks would celebrate such an uplifting day by killing some living thing? And using four children, innocent first-graders, two smiling boys in false manhood wearing mustaches, one with a knife, the third playing the sacrificial victim, a girl looking on also smiling. What sick mind thought this appropriate behavior for children on any day under any circumstances? The Abraham and Isaac myth, Koranic and bewildering, illogical, inhumane, played out by innocent five-year-olds? The little boy represents an animal, a ram? Does it matter? Aren’t we all animals? Why should anything die on this day? Why should these young, beautiful children be exposed to the monstrosity of death by beheading? Who will protect them from the beasts that rule their jungle?
If one needs to know anything more about violence, honor killings, mind control, religious fascism, insensitivity, widespread murderous violence to women, ignorance, child abuse, bloodletting and Turkey’s support for the most violent elements of so-called Islam then just study this picture in all its obscenity. Where is God in this picture? You are allowed to vomit.
Noted theologian, Thomas Merton, said that the devil’s moral theology is based upon the Law, a Law that devours everything, even God. This Law must triumph. The devil’s theology is punishment, hatred and revenge. This is the fulfillment of the merciless Law. In hell there is everything except mercy. The devil has become god. The above picture is a picture of hell, hell in a very small place, a school. There is no mercy there. Is there anywhere?
James (Cem) Ryan
24 March 2015
Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation, New Direction Books, New York, 1972.
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